10 on Tuesday

10 Verses on the Resurrection of Christ

Here is another 10 on Tuesday for you all as I team up again with Karli from September Farm

1. "The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by [the Christ] whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." Acts 17:30–31

2. "Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them,  “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

3. "He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. " Mark 8:31

4.  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Luke 24:6-7

5. "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

6. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." Romans 6:5

7. "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you." Romans 8:11

8. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Peter 1:3

9. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this." Acts 3:15

10. "Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,
 with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16: 9-10

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends. Also, if you live in Orange County (Irvine area) and are looking for a church to attend we would love to have you. Check out our website here. Christ Church Presbyterian Irvine

Trying to get both boys to smile for a picture at church is like pulling-teeth.

Trying to get both boys to smile for a picture at church is like pulling-teeth.


10 on Tuesday


Today I am linking up with Karli from September Farm. I love reading peoples 10 lists so here goes nothing. 

10 Things I wish I had done before having kids

1. Gone on a big food trip with Nick. We have always wanted to eat our way through an area and I think since we were younger and our metabolisms worked better a few years ago this would have been a great adventure (think New York, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Boston)

2. Get certified as a cycling instructor. I love cycling and have been doing it for over 7 years now. I always have wanted to be a instructor but never took the classes or certifications. Still on my to-do list.

3. Host a big black and white New Years' Eve party. Nick and I have always wanted to have huge gala at our house for NYE complete with champagne, lights, appetizers, and music. Now with kiddos I do not think this would work since I doubt our kids would ever be able to stay up until midnight and you know I hate to wake a sleeping baby.

4. Find a career I am passionate about. My dream "job" has always been to be a stay-at-home mom but I wish that I found my niche so that when I do go back to work I would start where I left off. I have a Bachelors degree in Communication but it is such a broad degree that finding something that I would love to do seems like a hard task with an ever changing job market.

5. Take dance lessons with Nick and do some competitions. I am a huge Dancing With the Stars fan (going to see Val and Maks live in August ;) We both are not the best dancers and have always talked about lessons. We have intentions of taking them soon but it is hard to commit to something that is weekly that requires both of us to be out of the house at the same time.

6. Read all the books. JK! I am a more recent book lover. Growing up I only read what was required of me for school and never had a passion for literature. Now that my time is a quarter of which I had years ago I wish I read more when my nights were not as precious. I read often but it takes me so much longer to complete a book. I consider it a blessing the days I get to read more than one chapter of the bible a day.

7. Pay off student loans. I do not do the finances in our family but I know that we do have some hefty student loans. I think that having the burden of those overlooking our shoulders would have been nice to have removed before having kids. If we didn't have loans we would probably have a mortgage or a car payment.

8.  Completed all of the adoption classes we need to go to and did more research on adoption options. Adoption has always been something I have wanted to do and Nick is on bored and excited about this future possibility too. There are a lot of classes required that are in the evening and it could have been helpful to have done all of that before having biological kids since I know waiting for a child can take a long time. There are also so many options on which route to take with adoption but I do not have the time or energy to explore all of them right now. We do think that domestic adoption is the route we will take though once we finalize our living situation.

9. I wish that I would have explored in the kitchen more. I love to cook and although I have some staple recipes that I rotate for dinner I think that it would have been great to try new things when I didn't have four extra hands in my cooking bowls. We got pregnant after being married for a little over a year and I was a student before that so our meals were nothing great. If I could go back I would try a whole bunch of Ina Garten's recipe books and maybe even take a few cooking classes and knife/cutting lessons.

10. Lastly, I wish I would have done something totally out of my comfort zone. I am a worrywart and am not spontaneous by any means. But now that I have kids I find myself even more reserved. I wish I would have done a hot air balloon ride (to me this is scary and inticing), but something that would be a once in a lifetime challenge without having to worry about little ones waiting for you at home.

I do not regret for a second that I did not get to do all of things mentioned above but if I think they would have been neat to have completed before having them. Each stage in my life I am amazed even more about how faithful God is to our needs. My two boys and Nick have brought me so much joy and there will never be a better calling in my life than wife and mother. My hope is to one day accomplish these dreams, maybe when my boys are off at college. How much you want to bet I will have different dreams by then

What are some things you wish you would have done before having kids? What are things that you did do?